Friday, September 23, 2016

Fall Coffee Lovers Blog Hop!!! Hot Java! - blog candy!

It's here! It's here!! The Fall Coffee Lovers Blog Hop is here!!! I love this hop. So many creative ideas and so many awesome coffee images and so much fun!
My first entry is a card featuring an Art Impressions stamp, Cathy Caffeine, that just cracks me up! I've not had any coffee yet today so am missing out on my most important meal and I think I could drink an entire cup like that! And, that sentiment! so fun! Oh - speaking of the sentiment - I liked it so much, I bought it twice! (oops - lol!)  Guess what? That is my blog candy. Leave me a comment and I'll pick a lucky winner at the end of the hop to receive that fun sentiment!

Back to the card, I'm kind of addicted to using the colors, ocean and lime, together. I don't know why but it works for me. Just a great combo! And, did you notice the lime green bow?! I love the a muse studio bows because it's one die and you just fold and go - so easy to put together! We've got 4 sizes, you've got to check them out! (

I just noticed that I don't have the layering piece on straight. oops. I needed more coffee in my system. hee hee!

Click on the graphic below to find out how to hop along with us!

I've got an A Muse Studio project to share next so be sure to pop back and check it out. 

Happy hopping!

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Miss You - Double Z-Fold Box Card!

This card is soooo fun! I love how it looks and it's so easy to make. I made two versions of the double z-fold card. I did one that was horizontal (shown here) and one vertical (coming soon). So many ways to play and decorate. You can do a wider band across or narrower or several. So many options.

Here are the dimensions for this "Miss You" card:
Card base:  4-1/8" X 11. Score at 2-3/4" and 5-1/2".
Band is 1-1/8" X 11". Score at 2-3/4" and 5-1/2".

The layer pieces are 1/8" smaller than the flap so 2-5/8" X 4" for the card layers.

1 X 5-3/8", 1 X 2-5/8" (twice) for the band.

Here's the folded look. It fits into an A2 envelope with ease.
I have to stop and say - aren't the colors gorgeous! Grape, Berry and Lime mixed with Vanilla - yum!! And, party foul on my part when I designed my card, I didn't realize that the Everything's Rosy paper pack had been discontinued. It was my fave! But, you can use any coordinating DP for the butterfly trio dies and it will be wonderful! I love the bow on the mason jar die cut out! You could put it anywhere on the jar and you could change the sentiments out to birthday or anniversary or friendship - it works for so many things!
Here's the card open - see that cool box effect.
And, here's a slightly blurry top view - so fun!
The cool thing is that when you stretch it out to the full length - it lays completely flat so it's easy to write a note to the recipient. :)
I hope you'll try making a double z-fold box card. Play around with the width of the band and have a blast!

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Happy Stamping!

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Birthday Balloons Triple Stamping

Oh my gosh - I keep falling down the rabbit hole. I have so many cards to share but just haven't done it. Maybe I'll catch up soon.

Let's start with a card featuring a triple stamping technique. A lot of times I see that technique with flowers which I'm a huge fan of! But, it got me to wondering if it would work with other stamps too. So, I pulled out Birthday Balloons and got busy.

First, you layer the 3 sugar pieces that are proportionally smaller than each of the others. You can hold the pieces in place while you stamp or as you can see below, you can use a bit of washi to hold the layers in place while you stamp. Don't worry if there are gaps in the stamping because you're going to add layer pieces that will cover those gaps. And, the gaps occur naturally because you're not stamping on a flat layer so it's all good. One thing to note is that you want to re-ink between each layer as that gap also shows up on your stamp so you re-ink so you have a solid ink layer for your next stamped image. And, even though there's a matching string stamp for this set, I decided to make it easy on myself so I used the copic multiliner to draw balloon strings. You want to do this while it's layered so they'll match up too. And, you could draw it with little bows where the balloons are tied but I just went super simple. :)
Here it is with the layer pieces so you can see how the gap is covered. The card base is the final layer. The layer pieces are each a quarter of an inch larger than the sugar layers.
Here's the full card. Isn't this fun!
And, to finish it off, I added another balloon inside and a sentiment from Birthdays Inside and Out.

Grape, Melon and Lime make a fun combo and can be used for anyone that has a birthday. I love this technique because it's one of those that look like you did a lot and really, you just did some simple stamped layers.

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Have a wonderfully creative day!